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Return of Nathan Brazil [Mass Market Paperback]

Jack L. Chalker
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July 12 1986 Book 4 of the Well of Souls
In a desolate sector of space floats the Well World -- the ancient Markovian supercomputer that first created and now maintains the Universe.

While attempting to repel an insidious intergalactic invasion, Mankind resorts to a weapon of such awesome destructive power that it undermines the Well World's control of time and space and threatens the very existence of the Universe.

It was up to Mavra Chang -- victim and veteran of the Wars of the Well -- and Obie, her colossal computer companion, to find the only being capable of going to the Well World and repairing the damage at its source.

But the infamous and near-mythical Nathan Brazil -- sometime freighter captain, often the Wandering Jew, perhaps even God -- did not want to be found.

But Mavra and Obie were never two to take no for an answer...


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5.0 out of 5 stars Book four of the Saga of the Well World June 3 1998
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a general warning, this is the fourth book of a tightly knit series. While the book is written to stand on its own, greater enjoyment can be found be reading the previous three novels: Midnight at the Well of Soul, Exiles at the Well of Souls, and Quest for the Well of Souls; before reading this one.
This book begins back at the same interstellar community where the previous novels begin (it's know as the Comworlds, or the Com for short). An alien race has arrived from another galaxy and is bent on conquest of ours, and since they're more advanced than the Com, they're winning.
Mavra Chang, survivor of the War of the Well World, has just returned to the Comworlds.
The true reality of the situation is far grimmer than they realize, and when they do catch up with Brazil, they regret it.
Overall, the series really starts to pick up steam here, and that after admitting that the previous novels are already good to begin with.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book four of the Saga of the Well World June 3 1998
By indanthrene - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a general warning, this is the fourth book of a tightly knit series. While the book is written to stand on its own, greater enjoyment can be found be reading the previous three novels: Midnight at the Well of Soul, Exiles at the Well of Souls, and Quest for the Well of Souls; before reading this one.

This book begins back at the same interstellar community where the previous novels begin (it's know as the Comworlds, or the Com for short). An alien race has arrived from another galaxy and is bent on conquest of ours, and since they're more advanced than the Com, they're winning.

Mavra Chang, survivor of the War of the Well World, has just returned to the Comworlds.

The true reality of the situation is far grimmer than they realize, and when they do catch up with Brazil, they regret it.

Overall, the series really starts to pick up steam here, and that after admitting that the previous novels are already good to begin with.

Vol. 1: Midnight at the Well of Souls
Vol. 2: Exiles at the Well of Souls (Part 1: War of the Well World)
Vol. 3: Quest for the Well of Souls (Part 2: War of the Well World)
Vol. 4: The Return of Nathan Brazil
Vol. 5: Twilight at the Well of Souls
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3.0 out of 5 stars good writing, bad plot April 6 2012
By nemo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read this book as a standalone novel, and am reviewing it as such.

My first impression of this book was that it was low-quality pulp sci-fi. A few chapters in I realized I was being far too harsh. Jack Chalker is a talented writer and there's much to like here. There's a lot of vivid detail and the prose is laced with subtly whimsical humor throughout, making this hard sci-fi work an enjoyable read. There are a number of unique and memorable characters. I particularly liked Marquoz, the small dragon-like detective who lights his own cigars, and Obie, a moody supercomputer who controls a planetoid that doubles as a spaceship.

My problems with the book were all plot-related. First, there's very little action. Mostly it's exposition or expository dialogue. Second, the plotline does an annoying switcheroo about a hundred pages in. Early on it appears the book will be about a serious threat to all of the known races in the galaxy. Then, suddenly and rather undramatically, the threat is neutralized but a new one arises in its place. Most of the characters and storylines are dropped and a new set of characters are introduced for the second plotline (which has nothing to do with the original one). A third problem is that while the action finally picks up toward the end of the book, nothing ever gets resolved. The ending is a cliffhanger, "will our heroes succeed in their quest" kind of thing. The upshot is, I kept reading this book because it was witty but I couldn't care less what happened next. I'm glad I read this book, but I don't think I'll bother with book 5, despite the direct feed-in.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it 25 years ago and still love it today Aug. 22 2010
By KJNoble - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Jack L Chalker was one of my favorite authors growing up, and this was my favorite series. An interesting premise and a well written tale, The whole original 5 books series was and still is fun and thought provoking. The later books were not so much. Jack L Chalker said that they would have to pay him a great big heap of money to write anymore books in the Well World series after the first 5 books and they did, but as much as I loved the author, he laughed all the way to the bank. Stick with the first 5 and you will have a good read and a great adventure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Feb. 25 2014
By S. Shotack - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I hope they turn this and book 5 into an audio books like they did the first 3 books! Great series.
5.0 out of 5 stars 1 part of a great series Feb. 16 2014
By mr fong - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
Jack Chalker is a very talented writer. had this set in the 90's and would just like to read it again
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